ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers Inland Empire Section


Annual Banquet 2019

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 6:00
Location: The Centennial Hotel Spokane (Skyline 1 Room)
Address: 303 W North River Dr, Spokane, WA 99201 (Map)

Join us for the ASCE Inland Empire Annual Banquet on Thursday, Jaunary 17, 2019 at the Centennial Hotel Spokane (formerly Hotel RL).

We are pleased to welcome Mandy Manning, Kara Ball, and Tammie Schrader as guest speakers to the dinner event.  Bio's are included below.

Significant others and guests welcome to come.

We will be presenting the 2019 Engineer of Merit Award and student scholarships!

See our event flyer for more information [pending].


Parking: Parking available at the Centennial Hotel.


Date:  Thursday, January 17, 2019


RSVP: Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 11 2018 to Kevin Picano at asce.waid@gmail.comDinner will be buffet style.  Special dietary requests can be accomodated (vegetarian, gluten free, etc.).  Specific questions and requests can be directed to Kevin.


Time: Please arrive prior to 6:00 PM to check in.  Dinner will be ready by 6:30 PM, with the evening presentation to follow.


Cost: $35 for ASCE Inland Empire Section Members* and guest (per person)

          $55 for non-Inland Empire Section Member and guest (per person)

          $10 for Students and guest (per person) (*Updated price for students)

Pay using PayPal ahead of time or Cash, Check (payable to "Inland Empire Section"), or credit card (Square) at the door.

*Membership to the section must be current for 2019, as new year begins January 2019.


Menu choices: Buffet style


Special Note:  Membership status in the Inland Empire Section will be checked at dinner to validate dinner costs.  Before you RSVP, please renew and update your membership to the Inland Empire Section of ASCE (National and Local membership) at


Mandy Manning: 2018 National Teacher of the Year

Mandy teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Mandy uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy has been encouraging educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences.


Mandy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University, a Masters of Arts from West Texas A & M University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Mandy is a National Board Certified Teacher.


Kara Ball: 2018 Deparment of Defence Education Education Activity Teacher of the Year

Kara teaches a fourth and fifth grade classroom in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) at Delalio Elementary School in Camp Lejuene, North Carolina. She uses project based learning and hands on modeling to engage her students and  inspire the girls in her classroom to pursue STEM in their future studies and careers.


Kara earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from Towson University and went on to earn a Masters of Education with a Specialization in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University. Ms. Ball was a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and was a finalist for 2018 National Teacher of the Year.


Tammie Schrader: Regional Science Coordinator for Eastern Washington

Tammie spent the first 7 years of her career in Southern California working on the Space Shuttle Program for Rocketdyne International. She then spent 15 years as a science teacher at Cheney Middle School, and since has worked on numerous projects at the local and national level advocating for STEM in schools. In her current role, she oversees science curriculum and programming for 59 school districts in Eastern Washington.


Tammie has her Bachelor of Science in Education and Biology, a Masters of Arts in Education and Teaching At Risk Students, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate writing her dissertation on Leadership and Policy in the Classroom.

Price: $35 per attendee
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